Bucs outlast Rams in wild shootout, score 50 points for first time in team history

Luke Easterling

Four touchdown passes from Jameis Winston and four takeaways by the defense helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shock the Los Angeles Rams with a 55-40 road victory Sunday.

Former Ram Ndamukong Suh sealed the win with a fumble return for a touchdown in the final minutes, scooping up the spoils of Shaq Barrett's NFL-best ninth sack of the year. Barrett also had one of the Bucs' three interceptions of Rams quarterback Jared Goff, tipping the pass to himself on a key fourth-down stop.

Winston finished the day with 385 yards and four scores through the air, overcoming a costly pick-six in the fourth quarter but otherwise avoiding bad decisions and turnovers. His favorite target was Chris Godwin, who despite a nagging hip injury that kept him out of practice all week, put up career-high numbers with 12 receptions for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Lavonte David and Jordan Whitehead also picked off Goff, who threw for a career-high 517 yards in a losing effort.

Todd Gurley carried the ball just five times for the Rams, but scored on two of his rushing attempts. He added 54 yards on seven receptions, while both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp went over 100 yards receiving.

Sunday's game marked the first time in NFL history kickers from both teams made 58-yard field goals. It was also the first time in franchise history that the Bucs have scored 50 points in a game, topping their previous record of 48.

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J Hager
J Hager

What a game, to go one the road and put up 50+ against that Rams team is impressive. Godwin and Evans had great games and the turnovers from the defense were huge. No better way to end that game than Suh running it in for a TD. Give us hope for the rest of the season